Research that improves the health of children and families



Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen 



Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen received her B.A. in psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and her Ph.D. from SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 2013. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary and holds a Clinical Psychology Professorship in Child Health Psychology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Her research is supported by a Career Development Award from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP), The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).

Dr. Tomfohr-Madsen’s research interests focus on psychological and social factors that promote or detract from optimal health trajectories. She has a line of research that investigates sociodemographic and racial disparities in health, with a particular interest in sleep. She is also interested in the transition to parenthood and the development of preventative interventions for at risk populations.


Helping to shape happier, healthier lives


Current Studies

The Family Sleep Study

Sleep plays an important part in a child’s life. Problems with sleeping can affect other parts of a child’s life, such as their mood or schoolwork. Children with cancer and their families may have more difficulties sleeping than children and their families who do not have cancer. No studies have looked at sleeping behaviors in pediatric cancer survivors and their families who have recently finished treatment. In order to better understand how these survivor families differ, we need to compare their sleep and activity to a comparison group.

- Families that include one or two children between 8-18 years of age willing to participate
- One parent/caregiver willing to participate
- Ability to speak and read English fluently
- Those who have been diagnosed with cancer, ADHD, asthma, sleep apnea, a developmental disorder, or other chronic illness are not eligible to join


- Come to the university for one 1-2 hours study session where they will complete some questionnaire and get set up with a special watch
- Wear a special watch that measures sleep and activity for 7 consecutive days
- Complete a very brief daily sleep diary

All parking costs at the university are covered. Participants will receive an e-gift card of their choice (up to $50) as an honorarium, or they may choose to donate their honorarium towards a charity of their choice.


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We would like to thank our participants and funders for their incredible support!